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COLLEGE PREPARATORY BIOLOGY I, 9th Grade

 

This course is a general introduction to the concepts of Biology.  Topics include terminology, the chemistry of life, levels of organization, evolution, ecology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, and comparative anatomy of both plants and animals.

HONORS BIOLOGY I, 9th Grade

The content of this course is similar to that of College Preparatory Biology I, with the addition of higher order thinking skills and more detailed discussion of concepts.  The pace is accelerated.  Students desiring to take Honors Chemistry I as sophomores should take Honors Biology I as freshmen. Prerequisite: Enrollment is subject to departmental review based on application with a minimum average of 86 in preceding science class.

COLLEGE PREPARATORY CHEMISTRY I, 11th and 12th Grades 

This course studies the structure of matter including topics of atomic structure, periodicity, chemical bonding and molecular structure, kinetic theory, solution properties, rates, equilibrium, acids, and bases.  Laboratory work is an integral part of this course. Prerequisites: Biology I, Algebra I, and enrollment in Algebra II

HONORS CHEMISTRY I, 10th through 12th Grades

The content of this course is similar to that of College Preparatory Chemistry I, with the addition of higher order thinking skills and more detailed discussion of concepts.  The pace is accelerated and includes a more independent approach to lab work and class work.  This class is designed for students who have an aptitude in science or plan to pursue a science career. Prerequisites: Honors Biology I and Algebra I; Recommended completion or enrollment in Algebra II; Enrollment is subject to departmental review based on application with a minimum average of 86 in preceding science and math classes.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (Elective), 10th through 12th Grades

1 semester, 0.5 credit

This is an interdisciplinary course in ecological/environmental education designed to develop an understanding and awareness of our environment, how the environment can change, and the effects of such change.  The course explores the role which humans play in causing environmental change and the underlying values and ethical judgments involved in making choices.  The course includes a study of the structure and function of ecosystems, a survey of cultural evolution, and an examination of selected environmental problems. This one semester course is typically taken in conjunction with one semester of Anatomy. Prerequisite: Biology I

 

ANATOMY (Elective), 10th through 12th Grades

1 semester, 0.5 credit

This class is a general study of the structure and function of the human body.  Topics covered will include basic organization of the body and the major body systems.  This one semester course is typically taken in conjunction with one semester of Environmental Science. Prerequisite: Biology I

HONORS ANATOMY (Elective), 10th through 12th Grades

This class is an in-depth study into the structure and function of the human body.  Topics covered will include the basic organization of the body, biochemical composition, and major body systems along with the impact of diseases on certain systems.  There is a heavy emphasis on dissection in this class.  This course is highly recommended for anyone pursuing a biological or medical career. Prerequisite: Enrollment is subject to departmental review based on application with a minimum average of 86 in preceding science class.

Honors Scientific Research  (Elective), 11th and 12th Grades

1 semester, 0.5 credit

This is a semester long elective course which focuses on teacher-supervised extended student research projects. This class will give students the tools and support to design their own experiments, test and revise hypotheses, and to critically analyze data in science fields chosen by student.  Prerequisites: Chemistry I, Biology I, Environmental Science, and teacher recommendation.

HONORS PHYSICS (Elective), 10th through 12th Grades

This is a classical physics course that includes motion, force, energy, work, momentum, angular motion, heat, waves, simple harmonic motion, light, electricity and magnetism, and optics.  Students will learn these topics through lecture, discussion, experimentation, and an extensive amount of mathematical problem solving. Prerequisites: Honors Biology I, Algebra II (Honors Algebra II is strongly recommended.) Enrollment is subject to departmental review based on application with a minimum average of 86 in preceding science class.

DUAL ENROLLMENT HONORS BIOLOGY II (Elective), 11th and 12th Grades

1 semester, 0.5 high school credit/4 college credit hours

This is a one-semester course covering various topics of life science.  Included in the curriculum are cell biology, genetics, natural selection, human anatomy and physiology, and ecology.  In addition to the three hours of classroom credit, there is one hour of lab credit.  The laboratory will explore the use of microscopes, chemistry, genetics, and all of the kingdoms of living organisms.  There is a dissection component to this class as well.  This BIOL 1030 & 1030L four-hour college class will take the place of a laboratory science class for non-science majors.  This class requires tuition to the college or university beyond DCA tuition. Prerequisites: Biology I, 3.0 GPA in all prior sciences, and 19 in English and Reading on ACT; Enrollment is subject to departmental review based on application with a minimum average of 86 in all preceding high school science classes.

DUAL ENROLLMENT HONORS CHEMISTRY II (Elective), 11th and 12th Grades

1 semester, 0.5 high school credit/4 college credit hours

This is a general introductory chemistry course, with lab, that includes the study of both physical and chemical properties and the structure and reaction of matter.  This CHEM 101 course is intended for non-science majors seeking to fulfill a one semester lab science requirement or Nursing students only. This course credit will not satisfy a year-long college general chemistry course requirement. This class requires tuition to the college or university beyond DCA tuition. Prerequisites: Chemistry I and teacher recommendation

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY (Elective), 11th and 12th Grades

ALTERNATES YEARS WITH AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 

(Available 2016/17,  2018/19, etc.)

This course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Biology Exam in May.  Topics such as cytology, biochemistry, genetics, plant anatomy and physiology, human anatomy and physiology, evolution, and ecology will be covered.  All students taking this course are required to take the AP exam, which costs approximately $90.  Depending on one’s exam score and the institution of higher learning one attends, a student may receive college credit for this high school course.  Laboratory work is an integral part of this course. Prerequisites: Honors Biology I, Honors Chemistry I, minimum average of 93 in previous science class, and approval from current science teacher and another teacher from honors level course; Taking Honors Anatomy prior to this course is strongly recommended.

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY (Elective), 11th and 12th Grades

AP Chemistry is a rigorous and challenging course that covers the chemistry and chemical principles typical of college and university general chemistry courses.  Students learn the usefulness and relevance of chemistry both in their intended areas of study and in the everyday world.  Laboratory work is an integral part of this course. All students taking this course are required to take the AP exam, which costs approximately $90.  Depending on one’s exam score and the institution of higher learning one attends, a student may receive college credit for this high school course.  Prerequisites: Honors Biology I, Honors Chemistry I, minimum average of 90 in previous science class, and approval from current science teacher and another teacher from honors level course.

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (Elective), 10th through 12th Grades

ALTERNATES YEARS WITH AP BIOLOGY (Available 2017/18, 2019/20, etc.)

The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one semester, introductory college course.  The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them.  Laboratory work is an integral part of this course.  All students taking this course are required to take the AP exam, which costs approximately $90.  Depending on one’s exam score and the institution of higher learning one attends, a student may receive college credit for this high school course. Prerequisites: Honors Biology I, Algebra I, minimum average of 90 in previous science and math courses, and approval from current science teacher and another teacher from honors level course

ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS I: ALGEBRA-BASED (Elective), 11th and 12th Grades

AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based is the equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits. Prerequisites: Honors Physics, completion or enrollment in Honors Pre-Calculus, minimum average of 90 in previous science and math courses, and approval from current science teacher and another teacher from honors level course